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Similarities of pumping blood and oil examined
Date:11/30/2009

pipeline engineers who used fluid dynamics to predict pipeline ruptures. Talks will focus on managing imperfect pipes, next-generation intelligent conduits, and advanced materials for energy and medicine. The presentations are designed to offer common language and terminology to all parties, as well as provide a platform to discuss the hurdles facing each discipline.

"Health and energy are two initiatives launched recently by the UH System Chancellor and President Renu Khator. These initiatives build on the strengths of world-renowned UH scientists and engineers. Collaboration with the medical and oil industry is an essential component of solving complex interdisciplinary challenges," said Ioannis Kakadiaris, Ph.D., co-director of Pumps & Pipes and Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor of Computer Science at UH. "The Pumps & Pipes initiative brings industry and academia together in a unique way, leveraging UH's research strengths in areas such as biomedical image computing, computer-assisted intention and nanomaterials, and allows innovators to share ideas and develop solutions."

The keynote speaker will be venture capitalist Joe Cunningham, M.D., whose company, Sant Ventures, invests in early-stage life science and healthcare companies. Sant Ventures is one of the largest and most experienced biotech venture capital firms in Texas. Closing remarks will be offered by UH System Chancellor and President Dr. Renu Khator.

"This year's Better Together theme follows The Other Guy's Toolkit theme of Pumps & Pipes II," said William E. Kline, PhD, co-director of Pumps & Pipes, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. "By imagining together, we bring together the power of countless years of innovation, not to mention the stamp of Houston, Texas, to some of the world's most important issues."

The conference will be held at UH's Texas Learning and Computation Center from 7:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in Philip G. Hoffman Hall, Room 232. Directions are av
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Contact: Melissa Carroll
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University of Houston
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